The European Rowing Championships is among the oldest European sporting events, tracing its history back to 1893, when it featured only three races, all for male rowers. Running every year almost continually from 1893 to 1973, the European Rowing Championships were then replaced by the World Rowing Championships. However, a European Championships event was reintroduced into the international rowing calendar in 2007.
At the European Rowing Championship being held on Bled Lake in neighboring Slovenia, brothers Martin and Valent Sinković won their semi-final heat in the Men's Double Sculls event, finishing more than a full second ahead of the Irish team and more than three seconds ahead of third placed Belgium. Here's what Martin had to say after the race: “We're much happier with our performance today, but obviously we'll have to do even better in the finals. Everything today went to plan, we controlled the race and still had plenty left in the tank. But tomorrow we'll have to expend our maximum effort.”
In the other semi-final heat The Netherlands took first place, followed by Italy and Spain. The final is scheduled for Sunday just before 1 PM.
Another Croatian team comprised of siblings, Patrik and Anton Lončarić, fell short of the finals in the Men's Pair after finishing last in today's semi-final heat. In singles competition Damir Martin failed to qualify for the finals of the men's single sculls event finishing 5th in his semi-final heat.
In women's action, sisters Ivana and Josipa Jurković will compete in the "A" Final in the women's pair discipline on Sunday. That race is scheduled to start at 11:49 AM.